US Elections 2020: In a series of twisting events, President of the United States Donald Trump said he will go to the Supreme Court to dispute the election count and proclaim victory over Democratic contestant Joe Biden despite incomplete results from several battleground states.
“This is a fraud on the American public… we were getting ready to win the election, frankly we have won the election. Our goal now is to ensure integrity… We’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop,” said Donald Trump at the White House.
“Frankly, we did win,” Trump told supporters at the White House.
But election results from some battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia, were still not clear and projections from major networks showed Trump is still short of the 270 electoral votes need to win re-election.
With the initial results, Donald Trump is running neck to neck race with Democrat Joe Biden, said he would go to court and “we want all voting to stop.” He appeared to mean stopping the counting of mail-in ballots which can be legally accepted by state election boards after Tuesday’s election, provided they were sent in time.
The president with no evidence accused that the mail-in ballots are a way to cheat in the election.
Mail-in ballots were initially used due to health concerns during the Covid-19 health crisis, and as per opinion polls are expected to favor Biden and in some states, which are yet to be counted.
US media is projecting wins for the Republican incumbent so far in 23 states including big prizes Florida and Texas, as well as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio — all states he won in 2016.
Biden has captured 18 states including his home state Delaware and big prizes California and New York, as well as the US capital. As with Trump, so far, all states claimed by Biden were won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
So far, that gives Biden a slender lead over Trump in electoral votes, although several key battleground states are still up in the air, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The magic number of electoral votes is 270.
A repetition Of Al Gore And Bush Incident Likely?
As the current president is said to move to Supreme Court, the same thing happened in the Presidential Elections of 2000 as both the nominees failed to achieve the magical number. With a tough fight between Republican George Bush Jr. and then incumbent Vice President of the US Al Gore, while recounts were still ongoing Republican candidate was certified a win, Al Gore then sued in Florida court to request that the recounts continue. Florida SC had then ordered a statewide manual recount of “undervotes.” Bush then immediately asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse that decision. Gore accepted the Supreme Court’s decision and conceded the election to Bush.
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